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During her introductory speech in 2000, University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft set a goal: get USF on the same level as the state's two flagship schools, the University of Florida and Florida State University.

At 10:59 a.m. Wednesday, that goal finally came to fruition.

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Minh Duong Dinh was born to Vietnamese parents in the Netherlands, before the family moved to Cape Coral six years ago. His father works for a furniture company, his mother in a nail salon. But Dinh had a dream of being the first in his family to go to college and chose the University of South Florida.

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The University of South Florida has been named one of the top public universities in the country at serving low-income students.

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A new study says Florida students who use federal Pell grants to pay for college are graduating at about the same rate as their peers.

The Hechinger Report  gathered data on students across the country getting these grants and how many of them graduated within six years. 

Why College Aid Will Become An Election Year Issue

Apr 12, 2012
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You know Democrats and their allies plan to use  cuts to Medicare included in the U.S. House budget against presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and any other member of the GOP running for office this fall.

At a press conference in Tampa Thursday, Democrats ran out another line of attack on what the House budget would cut — college aid.

U.S. Rep Kathy Castor, a Democrat, and Hillsborough Community College president Ken Atwater raised the alarm about $170 billion in cuts to the federal Pell Grant program within the House budget.